Social Media overload

I have started a new twitter specifically for 90s trivia stuff (@90sTriviaTO). I’m considering doing Instagram (my fave) and Facebook as well but I’m feeling burrrrned out from social media. How does one juggle all the accounts (Twitter is easy thanks to Hootesuite, Instagram is the hardest).

With this new twitter account I now run 3 Twitters, 3 Facebooks, 2 Instagrams, 1 Tumblr, and 1 Pinterest that I mainly ignore). Also 2 websites. Whew.

So this happened…

We were asked to host a special Beverly Hills 90210 Trivia Night in honour of Jason Priestley’s new memoir. Obviously we were thrilled to do this, especially when he said he wanted to participate. On Friday May 9th the one and only Brandon Walsh walked into a packed room to surprise over a hundred BH90210 fans. It was amazing. He then graciously stayed and smiled, hugged and posed for fans as well as autographing copies of his book.

Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for helping make it happen!



Huge News!

Apparently, people like my trivia hosting. In addition to our super fun monthly TV trivia night at the Gladstone Hotel, I am now embarking on a new East End adventure and I’m so excited about it! It will be EVERY Monday at the super hot WAYLA Bar at Queen East & Carlaw. Can’t wait to see East End friends regularly & meet lots of new trivia lovers. I will also get to adventure beyond my tv knowledge and do ALL NINETIES!

A bonus is that the genius fabulous David Hawe has made some promo pics for me.

It launches Monday Oct 14th. More details here.

Fall is coming!

Fall is on it’s way which means Halloween shows! Fluffy finished a season of Docents Gone Wild tours of the Gladstone with a special tour for the Queen West Art Crawl. I got to be a part of Elton John’s Fashion Cares. Montreal is coming up with an exciting jam packed event for Pop Montreal.

I was a part of two submissions to Buddies Rhubarb Festival and have another bigger collaborative project on the go!

Exciting 6 months coming up!

Here’s Fluffy ready for her last tour!

PRIDE 2012!

Photo by David Hawe

Gay Christmas is exhausting. So far I’ve been able to hit up Winnipeg, Oshawa & Thunder Bay. Up next is the busiest of them all…Toronto!

Here’s some events I’m either organizing, performing at, or just excited to go to:

Friday June 22nd – I love hip hop & I love queers, so together it’s a night I can’t miss. Work It! at Buddies is the first show presented by the fantastic MC Jazz, who I love enough to challenge her gf to become her biggest fan. With so many performances, a great DJ, dancers & a rap battle this is going to be a great night.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – 9pm, $7 (free before 9pm!)

Tuesday June 26th – It’s my birthday! To celebrate I’m throwing The Crush Project presents CHAFE. When I heard UK fat activist Charlotte Cooper would be in town I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to host the after party for her panel discussion “The Queerness of Fat Activism”. So I’ve gathered some friends and we’re gonna have a party in the Ballroom!
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 9pm, $5-10 sliding scale

Wednesday June 27th – I like gay things so when I was asked to participate in a show called The Gayest Show on Earth, how could I resist?!?! Vancouver comedian Darcy Michael is coming to town & Fluffy gets to perform with some hilarious comedians, the Queer Comedy Collective, and her sister Fay Slift!!!
Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – 9pm, $20 in advance

Thursday June 28th – There are several things I’m excited about this night and luckily they’re all under the same roof! It’s the opening reception for That’s So Gay, the Gladstone’s 3rd Annual Pride Exhibition and lots of good friends are showing work. On the second floor is the opening of 10×10. Thanks to Renee Navarro there’s a great photos of me & Fluffy. There are 10 photographers & 100 photos of queers in the arts & that means I get to look at SO MANY beautiful faces of friends. After the openings it’s time to dress up for Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys. Last year’s S&Q was so fun but the Dakota is WAY too small to hold in that much Dolly love. I’m thrilled we get to host it in the Ballroom like the old days of queer dance parties like Foxhole.
That’s So Gay: 3rd & 4th Floor Galleries, 7-10pm, FREE
10×10: 2nd Floor Gallery, 7-10pm, FREE
Steers & Queers: Ballroom, 10pm, $10 ($8 in advance)

Friday June 29th – I’m finally leaving the Gladstone and going SO FAR down the street to the Beaver! Fluffy is making her DJing debut at WMST and celebrating feminism and homotastic good times! Take yer trans or trans ally ass to Church Street then party hard with us after!
Beaver Cafe – 10pm, pwyc

Saturday June 30th – I have no idea what I’ll be wearing to Hotnuts but I can’t wait. I had such a blast at the last one, I’m looking forward to this one even more. With a performance by Christeene, it’s going to a party people are talking about afterwards so I don’t want to miss it.
Garrison – 10pm, $10 advance, $12 at the door

Sunday July 1st – I plan on spending most of the day celebrating our own West End Pride at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Relaxin. I do however have to haul ass across town for Fluffy to perform on the North Stage at 3:35pm. Got it? 3:35pm for ten minutes. Then it’s back to the park!

Sunday July 1st – Isn’t Pride over yet? Hell no, now it’s time for the biggest party of the year! VAZ/Shame Party at Wrongbar with Limp Wrist & this year’s fave band Vag Halen. Money for Will Munro’s cancer fund, the biggest west end party & stumbling around the corner home at the end of the night. Perfection.
Wrongbar – 10pm, $15

And here’s a short blast of other shows/events I plan to/hope to make an appearance at:
Thurs June 21st – Shawn Hitchins Fire(crotch) Sale – with special guest Andrya Duff
Buddies in Bad Times, 8pm

Sat June 23rd – Babes ‘n Beards Backlot Bonanza
Doll Factory by Damzels, 2-6pm

Sat June 23rd – Karaoke at the Henhouse Pride Edition
Henhouse, 10pm

Fri June 29th – Trans March & Rally
Starts at Norman Jewison Park (east of Yonge and Gloucester), 6pm

Sat June 30th – Watching Rae Spoon play the Trans stage (North Stage)at 7pm

Homo Night in Canada – with special guests Queer Comedy Collective
Buddies in Bad Times, 8pm

Sun July 1st – Blockorama
Always an awesome time and a huge number of performers I love
Wellesley Parking Lot, all day

Thems fighting words…

Ah the sweet smell of controversy. So the venue where I was supposed to perform on March 16th has pulled out of hosting because they didn’t want their regular clientele to feel uncomfortable. Hmm. This is a bar in my neighbourhood that makes me uncomfortable every time I walk past it on Friday and Saturday nights. Which, actually is rarely because I cross the street to avoid it. What also kills me is that they have this on their website:

“At The Parkdale Drink, we are committed to our clients, community and grassroots. Our dedicated team is devoted to our clients to ensure that every experience is gratifying and pleasurable. Our diversity is evident in our international dining and drink menus, clientele and our staff.”

What?!?!?! That is the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard! They are cancelling a queer event a week and a half before it’s supposed to happen. The event was part of the Fireside Festival where they intentionally put on events in some spaces that might not be the obvious choice. This is the second year that they were putting on a queer night. The owners seemed excited about the event. Not sure what changed it for them. I was skeptical about it, but willing to put my own judgements aside and go there with an open mind. Oh well. Glad they will not be receiving my hard earned queer dollars.

New event Feb 3rd

Friday Feb 3rd
The Pool – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 10:30pm, $7
HIP HIP HOORAY!! Another Fantastic time frolicking in The POOL! We have a CRAZY talented lineup of performers who will be sure to heat up the coldest of February Friday nights! Come for a “dip” and stay to dance the night away! Daddy K & the Rhythm Method are doing a comeback performance and I’m DJing the dance party post-show.
Facebook event!

New event

Just added details for a new event!

Friday Jan 27th
The Crush Project I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets – Gladstone Hotel, 10pm, $10-15 sliding scale
Rae Spoon CD Release Party!!! We’re gonna dance dance dance with Rae and guests Rouge! After the bands stay and dance with DJs Sigourney Beaver & Johnston Newfield.
Facebook event!

Also changed the now defunct Vitamin G page to The Crush Project